The middle-aged woman who stood at John and Gail Wessellses’ front door wore a fragile smile. She gripped the push-handles of a wheelchair bearing the strapped-in figure of another woman: limp, unable to speak or gesture, her eyes vacant, her hands turned unnaturally inward. This was Lisa, she said, her adult daughter who had been in a coma for 12 years.

The mother had heard about the Wessellses’ ministry to the comatose through a friend. Now, as she wheeled her daughter into John and Gail’s living room, she leaned down and whispered, “Isn’t this wonderful, Lisa? These people have a healing ministry.”

John and Gail stole a familiar glance at each other. They had seen such hope in many others. John turned to the mother with a warm smile. “We have to tell you,” he began gently, “we don’t have a healing ministry.”

No? The mother was puzzled.

“We believe Jesus can heal,” Gail explained. “But we believe God wants to do something even deeper for your daughter.”

They talked a while—about Lisa, the accident that crushed her once-vibrant life, and what her mother had endured as a single parent in caring for her 12 long years. The Wessellses listened intently. They understood the pain.

Finally, John brought out his 12-string guitar. “We’re just going to worship the Lord with you,” he said. “You know how comforting it is when you know you’re in the Lord’s presence? Well, that’s what God wants to do for Lisa. We’re simply going to minister to Jesus. And we’re going to trust him to touch her, because he can reach her where we can’t.”

John began the chorus of a familiar praise song. Gail and the mother joined in. And for the next half hour they simply sang, worshiped, prayed, and praised God quietly. Before they finished, Lisa’s mother was crying ...

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